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gregory hicks. hicks said he requested an f-16 fighter to be sensed to buzz the bengahzi compound in hopes to scare attackers off but was turned down. he was asked that special forces teams could to be sent to bengahzi only to be turned down again. how did the special forces feel about that? >> they were furious. i can only say well, i will quote lt. col. gibson who said this is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more balls than someone in the military. >> john: however in the pentagon spokesman george little said i quote: >> john: but for many conservatives the big question of the day was if any of the testimony could be tie the bengahzi attack to hillary clinton. sense last fall fox news and it's fellow travelers have cleaned the white house knew that the attack was caused by terrorist but was a cover up as the president as a tough leader in the war on terror. susan rice went on talk shows supporting the claim that an anti-video protest had gotten out of hand. >> she blamed this attack on a video, and in fact she did it five different times. what was your reaction to that? >
. between the attacks in benghazi. between those attacks. gregory hicks, a state department official, posted in tripoli said, he asked for four special forces personnel to be sent to benghazi but was refused. the defense department says the four personnel weren't ready for combat. also, they were needed to defend the embassy in tripoli. a second charge congress will hear tomorrow, also concerns that third time period. the one between the attacks. mr. hicks said he asked for fighter planes to do a flyover of benghazi. he says it would have scared off the terrorists and prevented the second attack. well, defense department says there that the planes stationed over in italy needed to be refueled en route and there was no tanker in the area to do it. let's take on the charges. let's take a look at them. we're joined by andrea mitchell, nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent and host, of course, of "andrea mitchell reports" on msnbc. let's get to this first charge. gregory hicks, deputy chief of our embassy in tripoli at the time of the benghazi attack. he told investigators for the house over
attack the deputy chief of mission, gregory hicks, knew it was a terrorist attack the ambassador before he died, one of the last words he ever said, we're under attack. martha: really explosive stuff. we also know who these witnesses will be at this testimony this week. security officer eric nordstrom, on the left and gregory hicks, very central character here. he was the number two to ambassador chris stevens. spoke to him as it was unfolding the night of the attack. mark thompson, who we don't have a pick of, he is the from the department's counterterrorism bureau. bill: stephen hayes. a morning to you. piece online on "the weekly standard". >> good morning, bill. >> tell us about the focus of these talking points. before susan rice went on the talk shows on sunday, why is that such a keen part of this investigation? >> well it foes back to the friday before those appearances and what she was going to say. and what you had happen was a request from dutch ruppersberger, the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee for talking points from the intelligence community when publ
on the benghazi terror attack on 9/11 last year. mark thompson, gregory hicks and eric nordstrom have been given their october that day and afterwards. one of the big questions, why did not susan rice call it a terror attack after that day. listen. >> what happened initially it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo as a consequence of the video that people gathered outside the embassy. then it grew very violent. >> fast forward, mr. hicks, to the sunday talk shows and ambassador susan rice. she blamed it on a video, she did five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped. i was embarrased. >> dana: greg, you were watching the testimony earlier today, what do you think? >>. >> greg: i have to say media, is president obama's scandal condom. nothing gets through. they catch a break no matter what. hillary should put charles ramsey on her ticket. bob, you said, it is incredible, an amazing story you have the democrats in these hearings carrying more water an fleet of camels. you have media, they see something like this. oh, my god a tr
the county terrorism bureau. eric nordstrom, and gregory hicks game the top u.s. diplomat in libya after the death of our embassador, chris stevens. today hicks recounted the minutes and hours after the attack broke out in benghazi, libya, including what he called the saddest phone call of his life from the prime minister of libya. >> he told me that embassador stevens had passed away. the -- excuse me. our team responded with amazing discipline and courage in tripoli in organizing a withdrawal. i have vivid memories of that. >> the attack on september 11 that year killed sean smith, two former navy seals, tyrone woods and glen doherty. gregory hicks told the house committee until the aftermath of benghazi i loved every day of my job. mike, witnesses confirmed it looked like a terror attack. >> a lot of talk about that. gregory hicks was asked if there was ever talk from a top libyan official about anti-muslim video perhaps the cause of the benghazi attack. he said no, sir. then this exchange. >> when embassador stevens talked to you perhaps minutes before he died, as a dying declaration
attacks, gregory hicks, libya's regional security coordinator eric nordstrom, and state department visual mark thompson all contradicted the white house's version of what took place that day and the white house explanation of its response in the days and weeks that followed did congressional investigators learning key details that have not been publicly obama administration. we learn with a like a response to americans under attack by terrorists and the poor communications between the state department and the pentagon. this confirmed forces were available in tripoli but werr told to stand down before they could embark on a rescue attempt. >> we determined that we needed to send a second team from tripoli to secure the airport for the withdrawal of our personnel from benghazi after the mortar attack did >> or any of u.s. military personnel not permitted to travel on a relief mission to benghazi? >> they were not authorized to travel. >> what happened with those personnel? >> they remained in tripoli with us via lou: we also learned hicks was never contacted by the investor of the united na
of mission, gregory hicks. hicks claims that two of the four americans might have been saved, if he had been able to send four special forces operatives from tripoli to scare off the terrorists. but he said he was overruled by the military. utah congressman jason chafitz is one of the congressman with this. i know gregory hicks has very dramatic testimony, we've read the transcripts. let me pause at what the pentagon is saying and and get your response. the pentagon is saying number one, that the four special forces operatives had to remain in tripoli to guard the embassy there and they were not combat ready and his suggestion as well that there could have been a flyover of f-16s from aviano in italy to buzz the terror attackers and scare them off. wouldn't have worked. because they were five hours away and would have to be refuelled mid-air and there were not refuelers present. has your committee taken that argument into consideration? >> well, sure, that's why we're want to hear testimony from the career foreign service person who is the senior-most person on the ground. this is not a poli
committee. one of them is gregory hicks. he was deputy ambassador at the time of the attacks. he's expected to tell lawmakers not enough was done to stop these terrorist attacks that killed four americans including ambassador chris stevens. hicks, a 22-year veteran of the state department, told criminal investigators that while the assault on the consulate was occurring, he asked defense officials to zramable a fighter or two over benghazi to scare the insurgents away. the answer, he said, was it's too far away, there is nothing. hicks also said a special forces unit in tripoli was ready to go but was told to stand down. house oversight committee chairman darrell issa. >> this is one of the most disturbing parts of gregory hicks' testimony is that assets were available, they were military in nature, they were best trained, best equipped, and most likely made to save lives, and they were taken off the plane. >> reporter: obama officials say no military resources would have made it in time. the september 11th attack has led to a politically charged debate in washington. in the days after u.n.
of eric nordstrom, gregory hicks, and mark thompson. they will speak publicly together for the first time this weekend in front of the house oversight committee. utah congressman jason shay fits will be at the hearing. he accuses the obama administration of trying to suppress them. >> they're scared to death of what the state department is doing to them. look. we're the other branch of government. they need to be able to reveal this type of information. >> the obama administration denied those accusations several times. press secretary jay carney said last week the white house is not aware of any agency attempts to keep any potential witnesses from coming forward. elizabeth prann with more from the d.c. bureau. >> reporter: ahead of wednesday's house hearing response to the terrorist attack that cost four american lives in benghazi, we're getting a peek into one of the whistle blowers' testimony. the house oversight committee releasing a transcript of the interview of the deputy chief of the mission at the ambassador in libya, gregory hicks. he's scheduled to speak at the hearing on wedne
months ago. nice to see you, sir. >> good to see you. >> why do you want to talk to gregory hicks, who is the number two in the embassy after the ambassador? >> because he's an eyewitness. he's one of the few eyewitnesses. i'm tired of hearing politicians guess at what happened or people theorize. i want to talk to the eyewitnesses and he was in charge after the death of ambassador stevens. in fact, ambassador stevens' dying declaration, full, was made to gregory hicks. he doesn't have a political bone in his body and he's an eyewitness. i want people to hear from him and people can judge for themselves whether this administration has been honest and forthright. >> did the state department designate an investigative body, the a. r. b., did they speak to gregory hicks at all in their investigation? >> they did, but he is not satisfied with that report. he didn't have access to classified information. he didn't have an opportunity to review his testimony afterwards. and the clear implication that he drew from the a. r. b. was that it was calculated to insulate or to protect the higher-up
team there to go to repel the attack. >> we're listening to gregory hicks. he was the deputy chief of mission, the number two diplomat at the u.s. embassy in tripoli, libya, when he got that phone call from then-ambassador chris stevens saying the consulate in benghazi is under attack. and he's explaining what he was going through. we're going to be picking up this story shortly. i want to bring in jake tapper though. he's here in washington with me listening very carefully. this is a politically explosively charged hearing that's underway right now because the upshot of what the chairman, daryl issa and other republicans are suggesting, is simply, a, that the obama administration was inept in dealing with this crisis on the anniversary of 9/11 and later potentially the accusation they're making him engage in a cover-up to make them look better. >> that's right, wolf. but if you strip away the politics, what you have here is a number of state department officials nonpartisan, presumably, mr. hicks being one, eric nordstrom who was the regional security officer at the embassy in tri
. >> you interrued gregory hicks who testified emotionally today, the deputy chief of mission, the last person who we know of to speak to ambassador stevens, and stevens said to him on the phone we are under attack. he still believes, according to the defense attache that they could have gotten help sooner, within two or three hours, not five or six hours as as secretary panetta and others have said from the military. what is your understanding of this? you took testimony from him at your review board. >> andrea, we interrued greg hicks at length. i great admiration for the work he did under enormous pressure. he performed very very well and everybody has complimented him on that. his own testimony in my view makes clear, while he had tomed for aircraft relief and in i were in his position i would have felt the same way, the defense attache and subsequently defense officials make it clear that the aircraft were two to three hours away, but there were no refueling aircraft available. that speaks for itself action and i don't see any contradiction. i don't recall, and i reviewed the testi
questioned or gregory hicks, he was number two to ambassador stevens. he was in tripoli on the night of attack and spoke to the ambassador moments before he was murdered. mark thompson that leads the support team. that is the government's on call team to rapidly respond to terrorist incidents and eric nordstrom who was the top security officer leading up to the attack. he talked before the house oversight committee in october of last year. here is a sample what they have revealed on the night of the attack, at times their testimony was emotional. >> i would also like to thank the committee for your continued efforts in in investigating all the details and all the decisions related to the attack on our diplomatic facility. specifically, the committee's to find out what happened prior and during the attack matter, it matters to me personally, and it matters to my colleagues at the state. it matters to the american public for whom we serve. most importantly -- excuse me -- it matters to the friends and family of ambassador stevens, 5 sean smith, glen doherty and tyrone woods that were m
house republicans have released an interview with gregory hicks, at the time the deputy chief of missions, who said he called for military help from four more special forces operatives in tripoli but was overruled. hicks, a diplomat, not a military officer, said i believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because i believe the libyans would have split. the pentagon said the commandos had to stay and defend the embassy in tripoli and were not prepared for a combat assault mission. as for buzzing the benghazi consulate with fighter jets to scatter the attackers, the closest f-16s were in italy or at least five hours away. for months republicans have charged cover-up. last january hillary clinton took the blame but also pushed back. >> what difference, at this point, does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> reporter: now house rep
tripoli but couldn't stop the onslaught. house republicans released an interview with gregory hicks the deputy chief of mission at the time and said he called for military help from four more special forces operatives in tripoli but was overruled. hicks a diplomat not a military officer said, i believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because i believe the libyans would have split. the pentagon said commandos had to stay and defend the embassy and were not prepared for a combat assault mission. as for buzzing the benghazi consulate with fighter jets to scatter the attackers, the closest f-16s were in italy or at least five hours away. for months republicans charged cover-up. last january hillary clinton took the blame but pushed back. >> what difference at this point does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> reporter: house republica
. that testimony coming from gregory hicks. he was the no. 2 diplomat in libya when a consulate was set up and attacked last fall. two ambassadors were killed. now in this testimony, we have a preview of what he's going to say today. hicks said there were special operations force, four available in tripoli. he asked for them and the military denied him. the state department saying those forces were needed to protect the embassy in tripoli. he also says he wanted jets scrambled overhead in benghazi to try to deter the attackers, but the military says that also was not possible because it would have taken them five hours to get there. they didn't have a midair refueler tank available. nevertheless, it is expected to be explosive testimony today. those lawmakers digging into whether the panel that investigated benghazi have as the panel chairs would say unfettered access to everyone who needed to testify. they're questioning whether or not people who had testimony on this were held back. we'll hear more on that today. >> all right, nbc news' tracy potts live in washington. thank you so much.
we'll hear from gregory hicks who argues if he had gotten the help he asked for, those last two deaths which happened much later in the attack, early in the morning, may have been prevented. also today at that hearing, some lawmakers questioning whether or not the panel that looked into this, that review board, actually got access to everyone who needed to talk about it to all of the documents. the board's chairs in a statement say they did, but there's skepticism here on capitol hill as that hearing gets under way today. dara? >> thanks, tracie. >>> president obamas the costs would be severe if the u.s. did not intervene in syria's civil war, but he says the answers won't come easy. >> my job is to constantly measure our humanitarian efforts in syria. >> the crisis has recently intensified. the white house also believes the government of bashar al assad and not syrian rebels probably used chemical weapons against its people. an estimated 70,000 people have been killed so far in that bloody conflict. >>> choice words from president obama as the pentagon releases new numbers on s
, of course, u.s. ambassador and bay area native christopher stevens. the former deputy in libya gregory hicks asked for help from special forces after the attacks that night but the military flat out turned him down. he claims the death of those two americans could have been prevented. >> back here in the bay area, the certainly is on for whoever shot bullets through an oakland fire station damaging some windows. take a look at these photos. the oakland fire department tweeted late last night. the caption said firefighters had to dive for cover as the bullets passed through one window and out the opposite side of the garage. no one was hurt. >>> investigators are trying to figure out the cause of an early morning fire. flames broke out about 2:25 at merritt bakery. it took crews two hours to put out the flames. there are no reports of injuries. this is not the first time the bakery caught fire. back in 2006, the flames caused about $150,000 in damage. the merritt bakery and restaurant first opened back in 195 3. >>> some good news, two of the four survivors in the limousine fire on the san ma
been a closely guardedashw are public. eric nordstrom, gregory hicks and mark thompson. they all have information on the benghazi attacks that they want to tell congress. we heard from nordstrom previously back in october when he testified before the same house committee that will hear from the three men on wednesday. nordstrom was the top security officer in libya in the months leading up to the attacks and said previously that the state department refused his requests for more security. the two other men, gregory hicks, he was the second highest ranking u.s. diplomat in libya at the time of the attacks and mark thompson, a state department counter terrorism official. they describe themselves as benghazi whistle blowers. the committee says other witnesses may be added to that hearing. meanwhile, one washington attorney who says she represents benghazi whistleblower but won't say who splansz how she thinks wednesday's hearing will go. >> the overview of their testimony will tell what happened with the security issues prior to september 11th, what happened the night of september 11th,
in nordstrom, gregory hicks. he took a frantic call from stevens when terrorists stormed the consulate. he reported an attack from the get go to folks back at home and not a demonstration. friday we told you about the weekly standard reporting on how the administration changed the talking points in the days after the attack and the sunday shows. it is not just republicans critical of obama's team for that. here is steven lynch on "fox news sunday." >> it was scrubbed. it was inaccurate. you are right. there is no excuse for that. there was false information. >> so maybe i will start with bob today. bob, you said -- you accused us of being obsessed with benghazi, but does it turn out there was more to the story than the liberals thought? >> it is more of the story from the beginning. it has been badly handled. it is clear the talking points were centered around a the cia. the state department changed it. by the time we got to the white house it had been altered some more. i haven't been critical of talking about benghazi. what i have been critical about is the lack of the new information an
. an excerpt of an interview with gregory hicks from april 11th. so from last month saying the house oversight and government reform committee releasing this partial transcript of an interview hicks telling investigators that a team of special forces troops was ordered not to fly from tripoli to benghazi during the attack by u.s. special operations command south africa. hicks is scheduled to testify at this open hearing on benghazi attacks. he said if he was able to, he believes, if the u.s. had been able to scramble a fighter or an aircraft in that area, that things would have turned out much differently. so how important do you think that the diplomat gregory hicks' testimony will be on wednesday? >> we'll see. i wouldn't be surprised if it more sensational than the testimony would be. after all, admiral mullen and pickering who led this review and board who talked to dozens and dozens of witnesses and went through thousands and thousands of pages of materials, their conclusion was the decisions, whether to intervene militarily, what was capable of being done within the time frame were all d
with this video. >> congressman ice saw, that's two weeks after. now i don't want to laugh, and gregory hicks is saying they knew from the getgo. and yet these -- you were denied access to these witnesses. were those statements concerted lies, in your opinion? >> i think not only were they untrue and no one to be untrue, but these brave individuals, particularly gregory hicks, coming forward, putting his career on the line to say i told them this was an attack, i tried to tell them consistently, he even talks in his testimony about calling the state department and saying that what susan rice couldn't have been true. how did they do it? and he said that his -- his statements were unwanted. and that ever since then it's been even harder on him. this is the kind of thing that you see and you don't believe u don't believe the denials, the delays, and then the outright count air tax. you understand the administration, including jay carney; on the attack trying to claim that the whistle blowers are somehow disgruntled or lying. this kind of attack is what we expect. it's one of the reason that the
of them gregory hicks the number two off facial will say this was not a terrorist attack. >> these brave vined you'lls particularly gregory hicks coming forward putting his career on the line saying i told them i tried to tell them consistently he talks in the testimony about calling the state department and saying what susan rice says couldn't have been true. >> that's a reference to then ambassador susan rice. that's questions about military sponsor lack there of and the same whistleblower already told congressional investigators that u.s. response teams were told to effectively stand down. the state department meantime says this hearing is all about politics. >> this is not a process where the community is working directly with us and trying to look as we keep safe in a complex environment. >> the role of then u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton two state department employees say he effectively tried to minimize the role of the counter-terrorism department within the state department in the aftermath of the attack. >>> doug luzader live in washington. thank you. >> the time now is
america and southeast asia and africa and the middle east. we welcome mr. gregory hicks. in more than 22 years in the foreign service, mr. hicks has served notably in libya, but also in afghanistan, where we first met. in yemen and in syria where we met again. prior to his assignment in libya, hand-picked to be the deputy chief by the now deceased ambassador, chris stevens, he also served here in washington. he was the deputy director of the office of investment affairs. a special assistant to the undersecretary for economic energy and agricultural affairs. trade policy negotiations for the office of the united states trade representative's and an officer for vietnam and yemen. mr. hicks played key roles in a number of important historic events in this country and the state department. the free trade agreement, the vietnam bilateral trade agreement and the renegotiation of u.s. forces based in iran. mr. hicks is the recipient of five meritorious service increases, three individual superior honor award, three individual honor awards and numerous group awards for his service. thank you. >>
the death of ambassador stevens. ambassador's dying declaration was made to gregory hicks. he's a career diplomat who doesn't have a political known about his body and he's an eyewitness. i want the american people to hear from him and they can judge for themselves whether this administration has bonest and forth right. mike emanuel leads our coverage from the hill. what can we expect to hear from hicks? >> we expect hicks will say in february 1991 he took an oath to protect and uphold the constitution and today he is here to do just that. in testimony contained by fox news he will say i'm a career public servant. until the aftermath of benghazi i loved every day of my job. we also expect hicks to talk about in the aftermath of the benghazi attack when he became the number one u.s. diplomat in libya after the death of ambassador chris stevens. he was praised by president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton for his performance. bill: and response either came or did not come and for what reason? >> reporter: there has been present back and forth about whether military resources co
're learning more on the matter. state department whistle blowers, including the gregory hicks tried to get help to the consulate on the night of the attacks. >> the testimony as we understand it is a man named gregory hicks will be tomorrow. he will testify he sought help as the consulate came under attack. he will testify that all available resources were utilized. as it looks like now, mr. hicks will directly contradict that. >> mr. hicks has already given information to republicans and democrats in the room. >> people actually were accountable and involved and will be testifying rather than second hand hearsay that has proven to be consistently wrong. >> megyn: why would they tell a c-130 that it needed to stand down rather than go and help those under attack in benghazi? >> all we can find out so far, megyn, is that the four individuals who were told to stand down, to get off the aircraft, were department of defense individuals and that it was a problem that they were perceiving of not wanting armed u.s. military to go in relief of these men and women in distress, both in the consulate
of the whistle-blowers as you heard was gregory hicks. he was the deputy chief of mission at the benghazi consulate who told house staff in advance of his testimony, quote, i think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning. i never reported a demonstration. i reported an attack on the consulate. of course despite this, you know u.n. ambassador susan rice went on all the sunday talk shows saying it was a demonstration that got out of hand. hicks says he wishes he would have gotten a head's up. even on sunday morning i could have been called. the phone call, could have been hey, greg, ambassador rice would say blah, blah and i could have said, no, that is not the right thing. that phone call was never made. the house oversight and government reform committee will hear the testimony. back to you, heather. >> steve, what are we hearing that we may learn that is knew about former secretary of state hillary clinton? >> reporter: fox news has learned that a state department whistle-blower will testify this week that clinton an and an aide tried in a sense to k
for more security. two other men, gregory hicks, the second highest ranking u.s. diplomat in libya at the time of the attacks, and mark tampson, state department counterterrorism official have not told their stories publicly. the committee says other witnesses may be added to the hearing. meanwhile, one washington attorney, who says she represents a benghazi whistle blower, but won't say who, explains how she thinks wednesday's hearing will go. >> the overview of their testimony will tell what happened with the security issue s prior to september 11, what happened the night of september 11, and then what happened afterwards, including retaliation against employees. >> talking there obviously about a september 11, 2012 when the benghazi attack happened. president obama said this week that he was, quote, not familiar with the idea that anyone was being prevented from telling their benghazi story. here is the state department on the benghazi investigation yesterday. >> the whole family is committed to bringing those who perpetrated this attack to justice and doing everything we need t
for it. we can't find a diplomatic reason for it. understand gregory hicks who became the acting ambassador, witnessed our relationship with libya on this show go the wrong way because on this show, susan rice says it was a protest. the president, the elected president saying no it was a terrorist attack. you can't insult a foreign leader in a greater way than happened literally here just those few daze later. >> schieffer: but do you think they were trying to cover up the fact that the state departments had turned down requests for more security that had been coming in from the diplomats on the the ground there? is that what this is about? >> well, perhaps in part, but it does seem like it's bigger than that. there was this normalization, sompt a mentality where you had to pretend like things were safe, the war on terror was over. and that may have gone in a great way to getting people to say well, we can't call this a terrorist attack because then the war on terror is back alive. well, bob, the war on terror is very much alive, whether it's chechen nationals come here, opener w
hold as hearing on the benghazi attacks. one of the people we'll hear from, gregory hicks. number two ambassador to chris stevens who was killed that night. darrell issa gave as you hint of what we'll hear from the witness on wednesday. >> we know one thing. the talking points were right and wrong. the cia knew it was a terrorist attack. the deputy chief gregory hicks knew it was a terrorist attack. the ambassador before he died, one of the last words he ever said is we're under attack. >> that would be a contradiction to how the white house says the attacks unfolded. in fact hicks said his jaw hit the floor as he watched ambassador rice on those now infamous sunday show appearances. other so-called whistle blowers from other agencies including the cia have provided information to congressional investigators but are unwilling to speak publicly because of a fear of retaliation. our next guest knows all too well about that culture. he is the filmmaker behind war on whistle blowers featuring four people whose lives were destroyed after they exposed government wrongdoing. robert green wel
. but were ordered by superiors not to go. that's what gregory hicks, chief of mission in libya at the time, told house republican investigators. >> the point this plane was being loaded, it was between the first attack that killed two and the second attack that killed two more. they may not have arrived in time to save lives, but at the time that the decision was made, the decision was wrong. >> who made that decision? >> we want to find out who made this decision. >> the pentagon has not yet responded to hicks' claim. darrell issa calls hicks a benghazi whistle blower who will bolster gop claims that obama officials knew from the start that it was not what they suggested, a spontaneous demonstration. i think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning, hicks told investigators. saying slain ambassador chris stephens final report to hicks was, greg, we are under attack. earlier this year, hillary clinton snapped at republicans for dwelling on questions about what sparked at tack. >> the fact is we had four dead americans. what difference at this point does
hicks, mark thompson and eric nordstrom. gregory hicks was the deputy chief of mission at the embassy in libya when the attacks unfolded. second in command under the libyan ambassador chris stevens who died in that attack. then there is mark thompson, he leads an on call emergency support team. a group that rapidly responds to terrorist attacks all over the world. and then eric nordstrom. he was the top security officer in libya in the months leading to those attacks. now, the deputy chief hicks spoke today about the efforts to get any help to the americans at benghazi. and he said a defense specialist told him fighter jets were not an option. >> he said it would take two to three hours for them to get on site but that there were also no tankers available for them to refuel. and i said thank you very much. and we went on with our work. >> shepard: hicks later described what he called the saddest phone call of his life when he learned that ambassador stevens was dead and he talked about the frustrations with getting a team to benghazi after the attack. >> people in benghazi had been fi
a spontaneous attack on the americans. the second in command in libya, state department official gregory hicks took on that question. >> when ambassador stevens talked to you, perhaps minutes before he died, as a dying declaration, what precisely did he say to you? >> he said, greg, we're under attack. >> did he mention one word about a protest or a demonstration? >> no, sir, he did not. >> so fast forward, mr. hicks, to the sunday talk shows and ambassador susan rice, she blamed this attack on a video. in fact, she did it five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped. and i was embarrassed. >> did she talk to you before she went on the five sunday talk shows? >> no, sir. >> bill: mr. hicks was in tripoli during the attacks and says he felt powerless to help the ambassador. >> i asked the defense attache who had been talking with after -- africom and joint staff. will anything be coming? will they be sending us any help? is there something out there? and he answered that, the nearest help was in aviano. the nearest where there were fighter planes. it wi
republicans have released an interview with gregory hicks, the deputy chief of mission who called for military help with four more operatives in tripoli but was overruled. he said i believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because i believe the libyans would have split. but they had to stay and defend the compound in tripoli. scatter scatter jets, they were in italy. last january, hillary clinton took the blame but also pushed back. >> what difference at this point does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> reporter: state department witnesses can prove clinton covered up. >> it's damaging because it happened on her watch. the important thing is that it's -- hillary clinton is no longer secretary of state. there are many people still at state department who were involved in this at the highest levels who continue to keep their jobs. >> that was
forces commandos flew in from tripoli but couldn't stop the onslaught. now an interview with gregory hicks has been released, deputy chief of mission who says he called for military help from four more forces operatives in tripoli but was overruled. a dploeiplomat, not a military officer said i believe if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning, because i believe the libyans would have split. they were not prepared for a combat assault mission. as far as buzzing the consulate to scatter fighters, they were in italy, at least five hours away. for months, republicans have charged cover-up. last january hillary clinton took the blame but also pushed back. >> what difference, at this point, does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> now house republicans say they have state department witnesses who can prove clinton covered up. >> it's damaging beca
. >>steve: let's talk a little bit about mr. hicks, gregory hicks. here's something, a preview of his testimony. he says quote, i think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning. i never reported a demonstration. although that's what the talking points were. i reported an attack on the consolate. chris's last report, if you want to say, his final report is, greg, we are under attack. >>brian: you know what's amazing? it comes out when susan rice came forward and says this was a demonstration, spontaneous attack and said it on several different talk shows, and she was either preceded or followed up by the libyan president saying the opposite. we knew it was terrorist attack. we warned the embassy about al qaeda's presence. they were looking to attack america and were ignored. they say the president was so insulted, he was positioned as a liar. but what he said was telling the truth. he prevented the investigation from moving forward almost as pun sh-fplt think about that. we can't investigate, the f.b.i. can't get off the ground. it is ambassador ric
it was a terrorist attack the deputy chief of mission, gregory mick hicks, knew it was a terrorist attack. the ambassador, before he died, one of the last words he ever said was "we're under attack." >> you heard issa mention gregory hicks, the second in command to ambassador chris stevens killed in last year's attack and a conversation with issa and other house members, hicks said he believe it was a terrorist tack from the beginning and never reported a demonstration. those claims seem to directly contradict ambassador susan rice's comments after the attack. hicks will testify before issa's committee about what happened in benghazi on wednesday. >>> a u.s. military defense lawyer provided a graphic account of how detainees at guantanamo bay are being force fed to keep them from starving while on hunger strikes. lieutenant colonel barry wine garth, represents two of the kuwaitis in guantanamo told cbs news that one of his clients described being shackled around his wrist and i waist while food is dumped into his throat two hours at a time. 23 are being force fed. 160 refuse to avenue. th
's gregory n. hicks, deputy chief of mission in libya at the time of the benghazi terrorist attacks. mark i. thompson, a former marine, in the counterterrorism bureau. >> you know this name because he testified, eric nordstrom. diplomatic security officer, the regional security officer in libya. the top security officer in the country in the months leading up to the attacks. you may recall that he appea appeared before the house oversight and government reform committee. he said he and ambassado ambassadorsteins tried, in vain, for many weeks and months leading up to the attack to get more security forces on the ground. because they knew that the security climate was deteriorating. >> what do they have in common? not one is a political appoint tee. washington is controlled by the political employees but these are not. career state department employees. people who are not there because george w. bush appointed them, as the lawyers pointed out. they're credible for that reason. >> clayton: also, it's interesting to see what happened and what they were trying to get done at the whole timeline
? >> this is one of the most disturbing part of gregory hicks' testimony, they were the best trained, best equipped and most likely to be able to save lives and they were taken off the plane. >> reporter: hicks said i believe if we were able to scramble a fighter over benghazi as quickly as possible the live ynlive -- libyans would have split. >> i don't have access to the interviews that i think have been referred to. >> reporter: on monday states men deflected questions about hicks. >> we haven't seen the transfers. >> reporter: democratic congressman of virginia says the state department's own investigation was sufficient. >> this was the ninth set of hearings that republicans have had trying to make something stick. >> reporter: so this hearing tomorrow is clearly going to be contentious. hicks no longerer works in libya. he is based at the state department here in washington and he will be the star witness. >>> last night democratic senator helped reach a bipartisan deal on background checks. the measure failed but he is not giving up. what is possi
to do with one of the men who will testify, gregory hicks. we are learning from what he told investigatorsa that he was a senior diplomat in the country tstarting on september 12. yet, he says everybody at the mission from the beginning thought this was a terror attack. no one ever contacted him to talk about the talking points that were put together and given to ambassador susan rice to go on the sunday shows. >> well, you know, we have people who should be talking, not being talked to, people who have testimony to give, feeling constrained and the talking points -- there must be something to hide. that's what the investigation is about, especially when you see the activities where people are -- people are limited in what they can say and do. so there seems to be something worth hiding here, otherwise, they wouldn't have gone through all of this to do so. >> shannon: it gives the appearance to come clean. but it certainly makes people have more questions than answers. as these gentlemen and one who has previously testified and one will speak on wednesday, how important do yo
whistle-blowers, gregory hickings second highest ranking diplomat and mark thompson. a state department counter terrorism official. darryl issa said his committee may hear from additional witnesses. our committee has been contacted by numerous individuals who have direct knowledge of the bengazi terrorist attack that are not yet prepared to testify. they are concerned with the retaliation at the hands of the employers. the obama administration pippered about whether the height height or state department tried to silence the bengazi survivors. the white house insisted anyone who want to testify before congress is it welcome to. >> bengazi happened a long time ago. we are unaware of agencies blocking . employees who will like to give information to bengazi. >> that is the names of the men. it clolcely guarded secret in washington who will provide that information on wednesday. >> thank you very much. doug collins served on the oversight committee and will be in the hearings. thank you for joining us today. >> thank you. >> and what is your reaction to the news breaking about the whistle b
themselves as whistleblowers is gregg hick are ri and another terrorism official. on what gregory hick maze say on wednesday based on his conversations with republican senator lindsay graham. >> you will surprised to hear what he says about interaction between him and washington. he is in up two guy. he was chris stevens deputy. he was on the phone with chris right before he died. he is going to give you a chilling story and how he felt when he heard susan rice write this off to a spontaneous riot caused by hateful video. >> molly: you can hear more of the interview on huckabee on fox. they were peppered with questions whether the state department or white house were trying to silence the benghazi survivors. they insisted anyone that wants to testify is welcome to. >> it happened a long time ago. we are unaware of any agency stopping an employee from testifying. >> this has been a closely guarded secret in washington who will provide that information on wednesday. >> heather: there are unanswered questions and later in this hour former ambassador john bolton is here and will share his thoug
your committee on wednesday. gregory hicks, who was the deputy chief of mission in libya, and mark thompson, an officer in states counterterrorism bureau. what will they add to our understanding of the attack and is anyone else going to come forward either wednesday or later? >> well, we've had other people come forward and i think you'll see other hearings as well. but these two gentlemen are in a unique position. mr. hicks became the chief of mission. he has a unique insight. when i went to libya three weeks after, i was able to talk to him. he's not partisan. i think he was being suppressed a little bit and we need to hear from him exactly what happened and didn't happen that night. he was the chief of mission in libya when this went down. >> suppressed by whom? >> well, that's what we want to have a hearing about. we heard things, for instance, that there was no military option. there was no ability to get any military personnel there. i think you're going to hear some testimony that says we did have some military options. we could have gotten some people there, and they were t
of the heist ranking in libya at the time gregory hicks. he told investigators this. you haves i think everybody knew what it was from the beginning. that was directly contradicts reports from the white house at the time. it was the result of protests over an anti islamic video. >>> how can other statements be true and it changed to something nobody knows to be true today. >> the talking point that led u.n. ambassador susan rice to continue to make the case that protests not terrorists were responsible. >> they weren't accurate. i wi don't know what the process was. they were false, they were wrong. there were no protests outside of the benghazi compound there. this was a deliberate brat and strategic attack on the consulate there. >> and many questions this week during wednesday they focused on then u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton and whether the counter tirrism unit was under attack. >> his jaw dropped when he heard what rice was saying he said he was never questioned about it. he said it was a fatal error. >> there may be no place on earth for tamerlan tsarnaev. cambridge, m
. they are state department official eric in nordstrom, gregory hicks. he took a frantic call from stevens when terrorists stormed the consulate. he reported an attack from the get go to folks back at home and not a demonstration.
seen over the weekend with the story with the talking points and now with gregory hicks coming out is the administration's preferred narrative crumbling. and we knew all along that a lot of the things that the administration was claiming didn't add up. we had pits and pieces to point out that they were not -- that the story that they were telling wasn't accurate. now we have got details. and we have got details both in documents, emails, we have got details in the actual verbatim talking points and you could see the revisions. and we have got details from credible firsthand witnesses on the ground and in communication with both washington and the people who were in benghazi that night. it's going to be incredibly difficult, i think, for the mainstream media not to pay attention to awful these accumulating details because they fill out this story. this narrative. this inaccurate narrative in a way that i think is not helpful for the administration. >> bret: a.b.? >> i think the mainstream media has been forced to cover this and already notes that this is going to be an explosive wee
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